At some point in time in a sailors career there has to be a learning stage and this is where we are at the 2012 Youth Worlds in Dublin, ever day the team is getting better, not always at the finish but in parts of the race. Starts are getting noticeably better, first upwinds are definitely getting better, now we have to get better at finishing the race!
Wind today was light to start built to 7 to 10 coming from 270 on the compass, the first race was in these conditions although there were quite a number of pressure differences – then the wind in the second race really piped up with gusts as high as 29 kts on the Radial course!
This only inspired Violet Stafford who reveled in the conditions, rounding the top mark in 5th place then slowly picking off the boats ahead to finish 3rd and if there had been another 100 meters of track she would have finished second. In the first race of the day Violet finished18, she now sits in 20th spot , very few points out of the top 15 and there are still 5 races to go to improve further. Hugh Mcrae had 18 and 19 on the day and moves up to 30 overall.
Frederique and Florence in the 29er had a 19 and 21 on the day they are now in 23rd overall. On the same course Jean Sebastien raced his RSX board to a 24 and 26, he is in 25th overall but is getting much stronger as the racing progresses with improved starts, he is now working on better upwind point.
Over on the I 420 course both the guys and girls teams spent parts of the races in the top 10 but costly judgement calls caused finishes that were lower, Meridith andAli had 18 and 25 on the day and now sit in 21st overall, while Max and Andrew had 19-22 and are now in 19th overall. Full results can be found on the link below
Tomorrow is a rest day for the race committee, volunteers and I suppose the racers and coaches too, the Canadian team will be heading into Dublin to check out the sites.
CAN Youth Worlds Team Leader